Round One of TEDxOrcasIsland: This IS America Announced

TEDxX

November 8, 2014, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Orcas Center — from Adam Farish, TEDxOrcasIsland Curator — “This IS America” : Exploring the relationship between our Island individualism and our place within the larger collective American experiment. Presentation topics will range from psychology and medicine, law enforcement, media reporting, oceanic … Continue reading

Who Follows and Who Supports Orcas Issues?

— by Lin McNulty — Following is the statistics chart from our Orcas Issues internet host showing our impressive visitor traffic. We continue to be pleasantly gob-smacked by these numbers. It is apparent, viewing these statistics, that Orcas Issues, Orcas Island’s only locally-owned news service, is a valuable resource for … Continue reading

Orcas Student Provides Virtual Visit to Turtlehead Preserve

From the San Juan Preservation Trust Young Orcas Island native Will Fisher has set his sights on a career as a professional photographer and videographer, so his 2012 internship with the San Juan Preservation Trust was a perfect fit. Fisher, 19, graduated last spring from the photography program at the … Continue reading

Report from the Fair: Orcas Kids Win Many Awards the Last Day

By Brigid Ehrmantraut Saturday was the final day of the 2011 San Juan County Fair. Some of the last-day events  included the 4-H Livestock Auction, Small Animal Round Robin, and the 4-H Awards Ceremony. The 2011 Livestock Auction probably holds the record for most animals turned back to be resold … Continue reading

Applied Physics Class Builds, Launches Solar Boat

By Brigid Ehrmantraut The Orcas Island High School Applied Physics class proudly displayed the culmination of their efforts at a morning assembly on Thursday, June 2nd. The class, taught by Brett McFarland, has been working to build their solar-powered umiak since the beginning of the 2010-11 school year. The entire boat … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: A Brilliant Idea for our Waterfront

With all the hullabaloo associated with building construction, permits, approvals, zoning, EPRC recommendations, ADU’s, Growth Management, and all the other ‘stuff’ we constantly hear about new buildings and development, how about an idea that goes the other way? Barry Madan has a brilliant idea, in my opinion: tear down Vern’s … Continue reading

Writers Roundtable to Focus on Community Journalism on Oct. 10

Bullwings Editor Margie Doyle will be leading a discussion about “Community Journalism” at the Oct. 10 Writers Roundtable. The evolution, characteristics, responsibilities and delivery of journalism — daily news — will be addressed. Margie Doyle has spent over two decades in the journalism profession. She has reported for and/or edited … Continue reading

Journalism: Editorial position

By Margie Doyle My editorial position is that the traditional journalistic standards must continue even as “citizen journalism” and technological advances change the face of news delivery. In reporting the news, this means that the news events that happen daily in our lives must be reported factually with enough background … Continue reading